According to United States Patent and Trademark Office, Activision has abandoned the rights to the True Crime trademark, which means that we will not be seeing any further entries in the series.
USPTO states that the trademark has been abandoned because the “applicant failed to respond or filed a late response to an office action.”
The first entry in the True Crime franchise was released back in 2003 called True Crime: Street of LA, and then the sequel to it was released in 2005 called True Crime: New York City.
The third entry, which was initially called True Crime: Hong Kong was canned by Activision, but Square Enix saw potential in the game and bought the rights to it.
Square renamed the game as Sleeping Dogs and released it for last-gen consoles and PC back in 2012. It received praise all around and due to its success, the re-mastered version of the game was also released for new gen machines earlier this year.
Activision has not made any official statement regarding the abandonment of this trademark just yet, but we expect to hear from them pretty soon.
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